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Caroline Dubois: ‘I’m scared of myself’ – Boxing News

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At the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Caroline Dubois is ready to box and beat the best in the world

BOXERS generally like to stay on their feet. In the most significant bout of her career to date, Caroline Dubois kept hitting the deck. This was through no fault of her own and not through any particular punches Mira Potkonen was landing, but through the Finnish veteran’s irregular tactics, charging wildly into the young Londoner and flinging her to the canvas, crashing down on top of Dubois more often than not.

“We knew that’s exactly what she brings and in a way it’s not a terrible thing. We knew she wants to spoil, that’s how she wins most of her fights, she overwhelms people she roughs them up, she throws them on the ground, she punches them when the ref’s not looking, she whacks them with whatever she can whack them with if she can get away it. We knew that that’s her plan. When we sparred in Colorado we had a really good spar. I gave it to her and I knew she knew I was just as strong as her. I could give it to her just as she gives it to me. So we knew she’s going to bring something. So I wasn’t really surprised. Obviously it’s horrible when you’re in the ring and you get chucked to the floor, but it’s all part of the game and you’ve just got to be the bigger person, the better boxer and rise to the occasion. Don’t let what they’re doing interfere with what you’ve got to do. Stay focused on doing what you have to do. Box, box, move and win,” Dubois said. Which is precisely what she did.

It was a bout she had spent a year waiting for, after the cancellation of the qualifier in 2020. “I wasn’t really nervous at all leading up to it. I knew how good I was. I sparred her in Colorado and I knew how well I did. She knew how well I did so I wasn’t really nervous on that side of things. I was more scared of myself to be honest,” Dubois said. “Just before we were walking into the ring, I was thinking I’m not scared of her, I’m not scared of anything she brings, I’m scared of myself. I’m scared of getting in the ring and throwing everything down the drain. Because I know how good I can be. I know that if I get in the ring and perform at the best of my ability, I’ll beat anyone. I truly believe that. I was never really afraid of her or anybody else. I was more afraid of myself, letting the occasion get to me. Because that’s such a big factor. Letting [in] doubts and letting myself crumble under the pressure and if I did that, that’s where she’d have a chance and it would get close and it would get scrappy and I’d get out the ring kicking myself, living with this for the rest of my life because I threw it down the drain.

“The decision came out, I was just relieved. I was happy as well. I knew I was fighting her from last year, so there was all that building up. I was just happy it was over and I was on to the next one.”

It was a crucial victory. Not only did the 20-year-old beat a highly experienced World medallist, who’d eliminated Katie Taylor from the last Olympic Games, but she continued her advance through the Olympic qualifier in Paris last month. She had to recover physically and restore her composure to box again the next day and qualify. “It wasn’t that hard. This is what we’ve been training for our whole lives, since I was little kid watching London 2012, this is what I’ve been training for. No way I was going to let one tough, hard fight spoil that. This is my dream since then,” Dubois said.

Dubois has only lost twice in her life, with Ireland’s outstanding lightweight Kellie Harrington beating her most recently in the tournament final in France. Caroline will be fighting for her dream in Tokyo, but would happily mix a dose of revenge in too. “I would be so excited to meet her again in the ring. I definitely want to avenge that loss, I don’t even like to say the word loss. It’s very annoying. That’s a winner’s mentality,” she says. “I’ve been winning for a very long time and I want to get back to that. If I can get in the ring with her again, I’ll be throwing everything at her.”

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India can pick two more teams and still win any competition in the world, states Hardik Pandya

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Hardik Pandya has spoken highly of India’s remarkable bench strength across formats and believes that the team can end up winning any competition in the world even if they pick ‘C’ or ‘D’ string sides. India, on Tuesday, sealed a series win over Sri Lanka despite fielding a second-string team.

Building a world talent pool has been integral to team India’s sustained success over the past decade, and nothing served as a testament to the same more than the tour of Australia last winter. Without their skipper Virat Kohli, and without a handful of senior players, the Indian side ended up winning 2-1 Down Under, in the process breaching Gabba for the first time this century.

But while the side that triumphed in Australia had a fair mix of first-teamers and newcomers, the contingent currently in Sri Lanka is dominated by debutants and newcomers, with only a handful of seniors present in the entire squad. And the inexperienced squad, on Tuesday, sealed a 2-0 series win to project the scary strength in depth the country possesses.

Hardik Pandya is one of the few seniors in the white-ball tour of Sri Lanka, but the all-rounder believes the team could do without him and other seniors. Speaking ahead of the third ODI, Pandya insisted that India ‘can pick two more teams and still win any competition in the world’, singing praises about the country’s talent pool.

“Our roles are very clear, even in the main team. The kind of talent which the Indian team posses right now, I think we can pick two more teams and win any competition in the world,” Pandya told the host broadcaster, reported Cricbuzz.

On a personal note, however, 2021 has been a tough year for Pandya, who has struggled to build on the promise he showed in the tour of Australia last year. So far this year, across formats, Pandya has struck a solitary fifty in Indian colours, averaging 25.62, while he also had a rough IPL, averaging 8.66 from 7 outings. Now a more mature cricketer, Pandya, however, insisted that failures a part of a cricketer’s journey, and revealed that he has learned to celebrate bad days.

“I understand that in life you have to keep growing. As a cricketer and a person you need to keep growing. My process is just growing as a human being. You tend to make mistakes, you fail, but I like to celebrate my failures. I like to celebrate my bad days, it is a part of the sport and it teaches you a lot of things. I like to remember it.”

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Podcast: Enter York Hall – Boxing News

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In this audio documentary relive York Hall’s great nights, fights and events that are the pillars of British boxing history

YORK HALL – the spiritual home of british boxing. Join us on an atmospheric deep-dive into the magic of the old venue that’s provided fight fans of all ages with so many special memories. From its 1929 opening as public baths in which Londoners would wash, right through to the present day – via visits from the likes of Tapia and Lomachenko – this audio documentary relives the great nights, fights and events that are pillars of British boxing history.

Boxers, promoters, referees, trainers, commentators and journalists relive their own personal highs and lows as the past, present and future of York Hall are explored in detail.

Written and produced by Darren Rees. Engineered at: Untapped talent recording studios (Southampton).

Please get in contact with your York Hall memories via Twitter: @ReesBoxing89 or [email protected]

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Tokyo Olympics: Opening ceremony live blog, updates

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Konbanwa, Australia! Welcome to The Roar’s live coverage of the Tokyo Olympic Games opening ceremony, one that will take place in front of no fans except for some excited dignitaries (and allegedly reluctant Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk). The party starts at 9pm AEST with Australia 38th in the order of entry into the stadium. (more…)

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